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Kenny Roy, Focal Press co-author of How to Cheat in Maya 2012 has given us a 23-minute holiday treat to share with you all.  Find below one of his VideoMail videos which are videos in which he specifically addresses reader questions from his community forum off of  In this videomail, Kenny demonstrates the way to rig and animate a sword coming out of a sheath, from a community question asked in the forums.  The concept of the rig is simple enough to understand and apply to other objects as well.  Enjoy!

Kenny Roy is an animator, studio owner,  and mentor who is passionate about animation and performance. He has a wonderful training website that is just chock full of video tutorials and demonstrations as well as full-length lectures, full of tips and tricks to make you a better animator. For more information, please visit Kenny’s webpage or like his facebook profile page.

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  •    Ryan said on May 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I’m going to keep this review short: If you’ve cearted a few animations in Flash, and are ready to become an expert, this is your book. It won’t teach you how to use Flash, but rather how to become an advanced Flash animator. Specific examples: * The 6 pages on Walk Cycle and Advance Walk Cycle are awesome. Finally a simple way to make characters look right when they are walking. * Four pages on lip syncing! For me, the Character Animation chapter alone was worth the price of the book. * The chapter on Flash Video is a real eye opener, although too brief. I had no idea that Flash was used to create feature length animation for television, but it is. * The Masking chapter was particularly instructive for me. I wasn’t paying attention on Masking day in Photoshop class, so it’s always been somewhat mysterious for me. This chapter shows you how to use masks, and in particular imported Photoshop and Illustrator files, to make stunning animations. * The Motion techniques chapter shows you how to pull it all together with bones and tweens and spans and blurs and shadows and When you read this kind of book, you want to try the things you learn right away. The included DVD has Flash files and source graphics for many of the examples used in the book. This is a great way to try things immediately without having to gather artwork and build all the timelines and tweens and everything else from scratch. Summary: If you are a Flash beginner, don’t buy this book (yet). But if you already know your way around the timeline and want to create great animations, this book shows you how.

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